. February 11, 2008

(St Charles, Mo.) – A fantastic single-owner collection of R.S. Prussia – the very thin, high quality antique porcelain pieces coveted by collectors worldwide – will be sold Saturday, April 19, at the St. Charles Convention Center. The collection was amassed over a period of many years by Harold and Joeleen Passow of Iowa. The sale will be conducted by Woody Auction, of Douglass, Kansas.

“This is without a doubt one of the finest collections of R.S. Prussia to be offered in recent memory,” said Jason Woody of Woody Auction. “The Passows have been longtime members of the International Association of R.S. Prussia Collectors, and their final decision to sell this collection came during a frantic night of packing during an Iowa rainstorm. We are proud to offer it, without reserve.”

R.S. Prussia is widely recognized as one of the top antique Victorian porcelains. Production began in Germany in 1861, by Erdmann Schlegelmilch. Around 1869 he was joined by his brother, Reinhold, and they set up a factory in Tillowitz. An active export business followed, and R.S. Prussia soon captured the hearts of Americans between 1880-1910. It was fine porcelain at a reasonable price.

The distinctive R.S. Prussia red mark was developed to honor the brothers’ father, Rudolph. Today, “red mark” examples, surrounded by a green wreath and made at the turn of the last century, are the most popular with collectors. The most valuable pieces feature décor other than florals, such as portraits, animals, classical themes and landscapes. Unusual objects and mold shapes are also prized.

The Passow Collection promises to pique the interest of even the most discriminating R.S. Prussia collector.
Examples include a rare 15” Lily Mold tankard with Lebrum portrait, Tiffany scattered floral highlights and gold handle; a rare and flawless Carnation Mold tankard with “Summer Season” portrait and gold trim highlights; and one of the rarest Berry Sets, all marked and beautiful.

Also set to cross the block is an ultra-rare Point & Clover Mold “child-size” creamer and sugar set, gold with green highlights and opal jewels; two 10-1/2” Mold 9 bowls (“Fall Season” and “Summer Season” portraits, both red and heavy gold border with light blue satin trim); a rare Mold 261 bowl, green tones with “Tiger” scenic décor; and an 11-3/4” tankard with “Sheepherder” scenic décor.

Also certain to wow the crowd is a 9-1/2” Mold 655 chocolate pot with matching cup and saucer and “Bird of Paradise” décor; a 10-1/2” Ribbon & Jewel Mold chocolate pot with four cups and saucers, “Dice Throwers” scenic décor and opal jewels; and an 8-3/4” Mold 632 chocolate pot with six matching cups and saucers (purchased by the Passows at a Woody Auction in St. Louis — in 1977!).

Another rarity is a 10-3/4” Ruffled Mold bowl with green tones and “Ostrich” scenic décor. Also to be sold will be a rare 10-1/4” unmarked Prussia Mold 87 bowl, green background with Lebrum portrait and heavy iridescent Tiffany domes with gold stenciling; and an extra-nice 10-1/4” unmarked Prussia Point & Clover Mold bowl with “Melon Eater” décor, gold and green border and opal jewels.

Other anticipated top lots include a 10-3/4” Medallion Mold bowl with “Snowbird” décor and medallion scenes of “Sheepherder, Snowbird and Old Man”; a three-piece unmarked Prussia Lily Mold tea set with Potocka & Lebrum portraits on a green background and a floral highlight border; and a nice 9” Iris Mold demi tasse pot with six matching cups and saucers and a “Winter Season” portrait.

mold-261-bowl1.jpgRounding out the rest of the best: a rare 10-3/4” Mold 261 bowl — “Bird of Paradise” — with scenic décor on green tones; a pretty 10-3/4” Unique Mold bowl, with “Old Man in the Mountain” center, bluebird scenic border, white satin finish and gold stencil highlights; and a beautiful 11” Mold 203 Master bowl with six matching berry dishes with “Stag” scene décor against a satin background.

The auction will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. and continue until every lot is sold, without reserve. “It’s important for everyone planning on attending this extraordinary sale that it’s an absolute auction – everything will be sold, regardless of price,” Mr. Woody said. “What took the Passows a lifetime to accumulate will be sold in a day. I encourage fans of R.S. Prussia to mark their calendars.”

A preview will be held on Friday, April 18, from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. On auction day, payment terms will be cash, check (with proper ID) and major credit cards. A 5% clerk’s fee will be added to all sales (waived for bidders paying by cash or check). Absentee bids will be accepted, by April 17, with a written statement indicating the amount of bid. Absentee bids will be charged a 10% buyer’s premium.

Woody Auction’s next big sale after The Passow Collection will be just as spectacular, and will be held over the course of two days, May 24-25. It is The Brinkman Collection – over 900 lots comprising vintage lamps, Daum Nancy, Mary Gregory, Wave Crest, Royal Flemish and other vases, figurines, porcelains and more. The sale will be held at the Aurelia Community Center in Aurelia, Ia.

Some pieces in The Brinkman Collection expected to bring handsome gavel prices include an ultra-rare 14-1/2” figural porcelain miniature lamp with registry mark: Gray “Beady-Eyed Bat” (one of only three known); a 12” Daum Nancy five-color cameo pedestal handled ewer with “Columbine” floral décor; and a rare Victorian bride’s basket set on a “Three Cherubs” stand and stamped (1897).

Other choice lots will include a fine pair of 14” Heubach bisque bicycle rider figurines; a 17-1/2” raisin-colored Mary Gregory satin pedestal handled ewer (the finest Woody Auction has ever pffered); a rare 6-3/4” x 7” signed Wave Crest (banner mark) egg crate mold hinged box with young woman portrait; and a 10” Royal Flemish vase with multiple-colored segments and gold highlights.

For more information on the upcoming sales of The Passow Collection and The Brinkman Collection, you may visit the Woody Auction website at www.woodyauction.com. Woody Auction is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign an item, estate or collection, you may call them directly, at ( 316) 747-2694. Or, you can inquire by e-mail at info@woodyauction.com.

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